Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Village of Rama

In 1939, the eve of World War II, Fr. Anthony Sylla OMI, summoned his parishioners to build a a place to pray for peace in the world. A small hill west of the church was chosen and excavation began. The grotto was built as a replica to the Grotto of Lourdes in France. Thus it…

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George Street Plaza

As the pedestrian gateway to the historic ByWard Market, the George Street Plaza is located on the north side of George Street between William and Byward Market Streets. For many years, the George Street Plaza had existed as a shade-less concrete pad occupied by an ad-hoc assortment of vending structures and fast-food seating, and panhandlers.…

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Front Street Mews, New Westminster

Significant changes are occurring along New Westminster’s riverfront as part of the City’s comprehensive Riverfront Vision, particularly in the interest of strengthening the public realm.  In 2013, the City conducted a Downtown parking study which demonstrated that there was no need for half of the parking provided by the Front Street Parkade due to reduced…

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CN Park

CN Park, located in the heart of downtown Dauphin, was originally established in 1920. This public green space has been leased by the City of Dauphin with a master landscaping plan established in 1985. After the initial park landscaping plan in 1985, the park received minimal maintenance, was left to grow in, and wasn’t been…

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Blackfriars Bridge

Erected in 1875, Blackfriars Bridge is one of the oldest and rarest bridges in Canada. The bridge spans the north branch of the Thames River, connecting Ridout Street to Blackfriars Street. It also provided pedestrians, cyclists and motorists a connection between segments of the Thames Valley Parkway located along the banks of the river and…

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Alley Oop

Alley Oop is a new urban space in Vancouver that invites the public to come PLAY in an existing downtown laneway. In a city where the value of land continues to rise exponentially, finding new ways to create and use public space is crucial to the success and social well-being of city dwellers. The once…

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First Avenue, Ladysmith

Town of Ladysmith, British Columbia 2017 Great Places in Canada Winner – Great Street Jury Statement First Avenue exhibits all of the qualities one would expect from a great street: visually-interesting building facades, generous sidewalks, attractive landscaping and artistic details, places to rest, and places to gather. This street, with its diverse mixture of local…

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